Novak Djokovic has showed his class after Rafael Nadal’s victory in the US Open final and his 19th Grand Slam career victory.
Djokovic was knocked out after retiring hurt against Stan Wawrinka after trailing two-sets to love in an upset for the World No.1.
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This meant Nadal was the only one of the “big three” left in the draw when Roger Federer fell to Grigor Dimitrov.
However, the in-form hard court Russian Daniil Medvedev stood in the Spaniard’s way and pushed him all the way in a classic US Open final.
Following the match, the Serbian showed his class when he showered praise on Nadal for creating “more history”.
He also praised finalist Medvedev for an incredible hardcourt season.
Congrats to Rafa for creating more history in our sport and showcasing amazing fighting spirit. And congrats to Daniil for an incredible summer on hardcourt in USA. You should be proud of yourself. Great things to come for you. Well done boys & thank you 🙏 for fantastic match. https://t.co/dpCJA0UFt6— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 9, 2019
Nadal is now only one Grand Slam title behind Federer’s record 20 and sits three in front of Djokovic’s tally.
Change on the horizon?
Some took it as a sign that change was afoot when Nadal was the only member of the Big Three to get to the semi-finals at the US Open.
Djokovic, the defending champion and No. 1 seed, stopped while way behind in his fourth-round match, citing pain in his left shoulder.
Federer, dealing with a bad back, bowed out in five sets in the quarter-finals.
Too old for this?
Two 23-year-olds reached the semi-finals, Medvedev and Matteo Berrettini, so maybe this was the time for a younger man to hold a trophy?
But it was not to be after Nadal picked up his fifth major after turning 30.